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Observing Agrarian Relations in India

Snapshot from the field. Credit: FAS

Since 2005, a major activity of FAS has been an India-wide programme of village studies, titled the Project on Agrarian Relations in India (PARI). The project involves description, analysis, and the creation of a detailed database on village India in diverse agro-ecological and socio-economic regions of the country. The database is thereby a unique data archive on villages in contemporary India.

The work of the Foundation of Agrarian Studies (FAS) in cooperation with Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) helps to understand the agrarian questions in India. The project looks at the complex changes with respect to the socio-economic characteristics of the rural poor in the Indian countryside.

FAS has also been actively disseminating information by means of seminars and workshops and to a wider audience through the publications of its research in peer-reviewed academic journals concerned with the subject of agrarian studies. Their articles have been cited in various academic fora and publications such as in the recent book by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, and in a blog by Daniel Little, Chancellor of the University of Michigan. The reports and journals of academic and policy making bodies of immense importance, including the Indian Society for Agricultural Economics, Indian Society for Labour Economics, the Reserve Bank of India, have referred to the research articles prepared by the Foundation.

FAS and RLS also organise the Young Scholars’ Online Seminar Series. As part of the series, young scholars, working in the field of agrarian studies and socio-economic life in rural regions of South Asia, present their work each year.

About The Foundation for Agrarian Studies

The Foundation for Agrarian Studies is a charitable trust based in Bangalore and was established in 2003. FAS’ main objective is to facilitate and sponsor multi-disciplinary theoretical and empirical enquiry in the field of agrarian studies in India and other less-developed countries. FAS also publishes the Review of Agrarian Studies, India’s main peer-reviewed academic journal exclusively concerned with rural production systems and agrarian relations.

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